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Best jobs in the world

After the success of their 2009 campaign, Tourism Australia has not one but six dream jobs to be won – each lasting a year and paying $100,000.  The video gives a taste of what’s on offer.

 

Ben Southall, the original winner, quit Grey Britain, married a sheila, and still calls Australia home.

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What's Rupert's game in Scotland?

What's Rupert's game in Scotland? | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

With his paper’s infamous 2007 election day noose frontpage conveniently forgotten, Murdoch and centre-left SNP leader Alex Salmond are now allies, united in their desire for a Britain that is not united.

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Posturing China and its road to nowhere

Posturing China and its road to nowhere | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

2000 years on from its famous Great Wall, China is building something else that can be easily seen from space – this time possibly with more offensive intentions.

 

The 2 kilometre stretch of Gobi desert pictured left appears to mimic a city’s road grid. Another image shows a grid pattern nearly 30 km across. Security experts surmise that these and other sites (see article’s linked gallery) are targets for missile testing.

 

And just when the arms race folly of the 60s and 70s was looking like something humankind had outgrown.

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Rupert Murdoch to chair Australia’s News Ltd

Rupert Murdoch to chair Australia’s News Ltd | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Rupert Murdoch is to take over as News Ltd chairman, after John Hartigan’s ‘resignation’ during Murdoch’s visit to Australia. The announcement comes one day into a federal government inquiry into “unethically slanted coverage that aims at ‘regime change’ in Canberra”. The FT article describes Hartigan as a thorn in the side of the Labor government.

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CO2 set to exceed worst-case scenarios

CO2 set to exceed worst-case scenarios | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

2010 saw record global CO2 emissions after a 6% jump. New projections are worse than the worst-case scenarios of the IPCC's 2007 report, and could see a 5°C temperature rise - or higher - by the end of the Century, with catastrophic results. Urgent global action is needed to avert this.

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Biggest sperm bank "refusing rangas"

Biggest sperm bank "refusing rangas" | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Yes, the Nine Network news site really did use the word 'rangas' in their headline. Here at ausculture, we think some of the most beautiful women in the world are redheads. (OK, so maybe not Catherine Tate.) So here's hoping the gene survives. And Nine hauls its knuckles off the ground.

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Rebel running hot

Rebel running hot | Australian Culture | Scoop.it
The rise and rise of Rebel Wilson in the US has led to the sort of artsy video piece in NYT Mag even Smack The Pony would be in awe of. Here, Aus pop culture site Pedestrian TV enjoys the subtle comedic derailing, while also tipping its hat to Rebel’s skilful cracking of that oh so hard nut – Tinseltown.
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Big Copyright & SOPA vs Wikipedia & sense

Big Copyright & SOPA vs Wikipedia & sense | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Wikipedia’s 24 hour blackout has got the US Congress switchboards lighting up, and SOPA and PIPA are on the back foot. But the music and movie industries, backed by Murdoch and the US State Department, are far from done with their draconian strategy. They continue to adopt self-defeating pre-internet thinking while those, like Apple, who embrace cyberspace clean up.

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News Ltd journo endures tribal circumcision

News Ltd journo endures tribal circumcision | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

No, sadly it wasn’t Andrew Bolt. A reporter trying to get a scoop on Free West Papua movement members slipping into PNG from Indonesia was told a critical interview would be dependent on submitting to circumcision by bamboo sticks. Simon Eroro got the exclusive, plus News’ Scoop of the Year award – small consolation for such pain and the ongoing hit on his sex life.

 

The News Limited judges heralded Eroro’s piece, talking about the subsequent “major [PNG] operation to tighten the borders and close down the OPM refugee camps”. Which is a tidily black & white assessment, given how Indonesia’s claim to West Papua is hotly disputed and widely considered a hostile occupation.

 

Eroro’s PNG Post-Courier article, at under 350 words (see link below), is less than Bolt might expend describing what he’d just learnt from his cab driver on the dangers of multiculturalism. Personally, if I’d just had my manhood desecrated I’d want my own Oprah-style TV network at the very least!

 

http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100817/news03.htm

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The 1% best wealth destroyers, not creators

The 1% best wealth destroyers, not creators | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” George Monbiot brilliantly shatters the illusion high-flyers paint of themselves as exceptional, and points to new research revealing instead psychopathic tendencies and judgement calls no better than the throw of the dice.

 

After 30 years of disastrous parasitism by The 1 Percent, over which our communal wealth has been drained almost to bankruptcy, a rapid and historic change in perception is taking place.

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Meet the world's 7,000,000,000th baby

Meet the world's 7,000,000,000th baby | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

The symbolic choice of Danica Camacho, from the Philippines, as the world's seven billionth baby by the UN is a wonderful idea. Adding six others to share the title, not so much!

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Hands off my Vegemite, Kevin Rudd tells US customs

Hands off my Vegemite, Kevin Rudd tells US customs | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

An international diplomatic incident making it into The Guardian? Yes, it's Kevin Rudd's battle to get his Vegemite into the US. There's also a smackerel of trivia. But the icing on the Vegemite cake would have to be the pic of Rudd's middle-finger salute...

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